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'Looking' Star Danny Franzese Talks Body Positivity, Bears And More With James St. James: VIDEO

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Mean Girls and Looking actor Danny Franzese sat down with James St. James this week to talk body positivity in the gay community, HIV awareness, PrEP and his plans for the future.

Franzese also discusses his journey to self-acceptance, and how going shirtless in Bully helped him overcome his fixation on his weight.

Check out the frank, funny discussion, AFTER THE JUMP

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Watch These Three Bears 'Say A Little Prayer For You' - VIDEO

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It was back in 2009 when three bears took on Dianna Agron's version of "I Say A Little Prayer For You" from the first season of Glee, proving you don't need goldilocks to get it just right. 

The video has recently resurfaced and received the approval of notable out bear Brian Sims who shared the video on his Facebook:

"Usually, when someone comments to me about how it feels like I'm everywhere, I say something about how there's 4 of me and we're all busy! Today, I learned what the other three are doing on a federal holiday while I'm at the office getting a few things done... ‪#‎slackermes‬."

The bears performing are Jason Whipple up front, Josh Cheon (left) who has gone on to be a part of Honey Sound System, "San Francisco's coveted queer dj collective and production group," and Mark Louque (right) from f-gbash, a DJ and institution in his own right in Provincetown and New Orleans.

Throw it back early this week, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Tech Bears Share Their Plans For JebBushForPresident.com With Rachel Maddow: VIDEO

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As you may or may not know, visiting JebBushforPresident.com doesn't take you to the kind of website you were likely expecting, and that's thanks to a pair of tech bears who laid claim to the domain back in 2008. Rachel Maddow caught wind of their project and invited them to her show for an interview. After highlighting the Twitter antics of Ethan Czahor, the misogynistic excuse for a human being that Bush hired to be the CTO for his online campaign presence, Maddow dove into the interview with CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater about themselves and their plans for JebBushforPresident.com.

As mentioned in our previous coverage, they intend to use the domain - which they bought for $8 - to educate people on LGBT issues in the U.S. and what lives of gay couples are like. Weirdly enough the Jeb Bush campaign never approached the men to try and buy the domain off of them.

You can watch the interview with Maddow and the bears AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rachel Maddow Shows Some Love to Gay Tech Bears Who Own Jeb Bush Presidential Campaign Website: VIDEO

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In a segment on an odd set of stories from Oregon, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took a look at CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater - the self-described high-tech bear couple who bought www.JebBushForPresident.com back in 2008 and are using the site "as a platform to educate our friends and family about political impact to LGBT families."

Maddow, who called the story "the single most amazing thing you need to know about Oregon today", also used the segment to educate her viewers about bears - or as she calls them "everyone's favorite happy gay subculture."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Tech Bears Lay Claim To Jeb Bush Presidential Campaign Website to Promote LGBT Equality

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CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, a self-described tech "bear couple" from Oregon, exhibited some remarkable foresight back in 2008 and decided to lay claim to a web domain that may prove frustrating for Florida's Jeb Bush sometime next year: www.JebBushForPresident.com. The site has had minimal activity on it since it was purchased, but with Bush likely planning to run in 2016 the couple are intending to use the site "as a platform to educate our friends and family about political impact to LGBT families."

This will come as a double-annoyance for Bush as not only will the most obvious domain name be out of reach (the .net is also owned by an independent third party, but .org seems to be available at least), but the site that does go up will likely draw very uncomfortable attention to Bush's anti-gay stances.


Gay Saint Nick Jim Stevenson Melts Hearts In 'I Am Santa Claus' Documentary: VIDEO

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I Am Santa Claus, the new documentary starring the WWE's Mick Foley, chronicles the day-to-day lives of four professional Santa Clauses with the aim of solving a Christmas riddle: "Whose lap is your child sitting on?"

In the case of Jim Stevenson (above left, with partner Alex), the short answer is as follows, according to the flim's KickStarter page

Santa Jim resides in Ft. Worth, TX and is the proud winner of "Mr. Texas Bear Round-Up," the largest gathering of hairy, overweight, homosexual men in the country. Although retired, he has seasonal work as a Santa. He is in a relationship with a Denver Colorado man 30 years his junior whom he calls "his special elf."

StevensonAccording to Fort Worth Weekly, Stevenson — who won Mr. Polar Bear at the Texas Bear Round-Up in 2001— also models bear erotica and does naked photo shoots for adult film companies when he's not entertaining kids as Santa. (Stevenson is shown at right in a photo from his Facebook page.)

"When I finally found out that there was any such thing as men who liked men, I knew that's what I had been all along," the 73-year-old Stevenson says in the film's trailer, which shows him kissing his partner on a merry-go-round. 

Whether intentional or not, I Am Santa Claus sounds like a recipe for serious anti-gay backlash (cue the pedophilia attacks), and The Mary Sue reports that there has already been some: 

Posts featuring homophobic messages spread to the film’s various social network sites. Some comments threatened Mick [Foley], some threatened Jim, and many used slurs that will not be repeated. The blowback got so bad that Mick announced a break from his personal Facebook page, the space where three-fourths of his friends are other Santas who have been incredibly supportive of the film.

WWE's Foley, an aspring Santa Claus who is the star of the film and has been supportive of the LGBT community, comes to Stevenson's defense against anti-gay critics: 

“I am a guy who used to go out of my way to make people dislike me for a career. But this is what puts people over the edge?” Foley said. “I hope people will watch the movie before judging and see the struggle to live up to the spirit and legacy of the red suit, to spread joy to others. They will feel the warmth from Jim.”

If there's ongoing or organized anti-gay backlash over Santa Jim, I couldn't find it online. In fact, the reaction among reviewers has been glowingly postiive. 

Iann Robinson at CraveOnline writes: 

The conservative crowd might bristle at a gay man involved in a film about Santa, but that’s their problem. Jim is incredibly likeable, a sweet soul with a delightful southern twang, and an affable demeanor.

StevensonposterThe site My Broken Fiat: A Catholic Mom's Journey includes a disclamer about potentially offensive content at the top of its review, but goes on to say this:  

Now I actually felt my readership cringe at the word "homosexual." Let me make very clear that Santa Jim, the rainbow-suspendered Santa who proudly displays his "Mr. Texas Bear Round-up" medals while parading through a homosexual dance-off, is not a horrible man hell-bent on infecting children with ideas of man-on-man love.  

In truth, he's actually my favorite Santa (after Foley) because you cannot help but feel the supreme and all-encompassing joy he gets from making others happy as Santa Claus. His personality is so genuine, loving and humble that you can't help but want to reach through the screen and hug him close.  

And Larry Gallagher writes at This Is Infamous

Jim comes off in the film as one of the sweetest human beings you could ever meet and it is impossible to not be touched by the sentiment he shows towards being able to mean something in people’s lives by dressing up as Santa Claus.

I Am Santa Claus, produced by Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame, had a limited theatrical release this month and is now available on DVD and iTunes. It will be available on Netflix on Nov. 25.  

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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